After two weeks off for Spring Break, our City College Plant ID class is back in action. It’s going to take me awhile before Eschscholzia californica rolls off the tongue. Last weekend I made Matti pull over between Big Sur and Cayucos when I saw some California Poppies en masse. They’re blooming all over the place right now and I love them.
SF Botanical Garden’s great native section is looking pretty sweet right now. That’s a Western Azalea (Rhododendron occidentale) freaking out with some cute little yellow Meadow Foam (Limnanthes douglasii).
I’m a fan of Lavandula in all shapes and sizes. This week we learned about Lavandula stoechas (Spanish) and Lavandula dentata (French). Lavenders are native to the Mediterranean which means they like quick draining soils, full sun and arid climates. We’re lucky enough to live in a Mediterranean climate here in San Francisco. I’ve had a pot of dentata that’s been happy for quite some time.
Yerba Buena (good herb) is another California native. It makes a nice ground cover and can be used for tea. San Francisco used to be known as Yerba Buena back in the day, until the name was changed in 1847. It was named after the first Spanish Mission in the area, Misión San Francisco De Asis.
– Far Out Flora